Maya BuenaventuraSenior Research Manager, Los Angeles


Maya first became interested in improving systems that serve vulnerable populations while working as a pro-bono attorney representing immigrants, victims of trafficking, and victims of domestic abuse. Learning about the interconnected legal, housing, health, and food security issues faced by her pro bono clients sparked her interest in earning her Ph.D in public policy.

At CPL, Maya manages a portfolio of projects on homelessness. Maya is responsible for all aspects of partner engagement, including developing and managing relationships with government partners and communicating results through presentations and reports. Maya employs both data science and community and partner engagement to improve programs that serve people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This includes changing how services are targeted, refining program delivery, and evaluating the impact of programs. Maya is the co-author on several CPL publications focused on preventing homelessness in Los Angeles

Maya is Co-Chair of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute Race Equity Committee and a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth. Previously, she was an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a Los Angeles County Management Fellow. Maya holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. in economics from Oglethorpe University.

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